Metro Parks Tacoma (MPT) is a CAPRA-accredited and AZA-accredited, independent park district that leads efforts to build a healthy, sustainable community. Metro Parks Tacoma is located in Tacoma, Washington. The system is comprised of many different park facilities that offer residents a variety of recreational opportunities. From waterfront access to local neighborhood parks to large regional facilities and attractions, the MPT system is both a local community asset and regional destination.
OUR CORE VALUES These eight core values will guide future decisions, business and operations, and the manner in which MPT treats staff, customers and the community: •Innovation •Excellence •Equity •Inclusiveness •Sustainability •Accountability •Safety •Fun
AQUATIC PROGRAM The aquatics program manages the programming and day-to-day operations of three indoor year-around pools, two outdoor seasonal pools, and one seasonal wading pool. The program also uses Tacoma Public Schools pools through a cooperative inter-local agreement to augment programming.
The three indoor pools are located in community centers, including the Center at Norpoint, Eastside Community Center, and People's Community Center. The two outdoor pools, Stewart Heights Pool and Kandle Pool, offer unique amenities, swim lessons, and party rentals during the summer. The wading pool is located at Portland Avenue Park and also operates during the summer.
Aquatics programming includes swim lessons, recreation swims, water exercise, swim teams, and partnerships with the school district to provide greater access to water safety and lifeguarding programs for Tacoma's youth. The maintenance of all the pools is managed within this unit as well. Staffing for the aquatics program includes one supervisor, two coordinators, one specialist and many part time employees for program support, lifeguarding, customer service, and pool maintenance.
POSITION INFORMATION Under the direction of the assigned Supervisor, the Recreation Coordinator will plan, develop, promote and direct activities relating to designated program(s) in accordance to the business plan, Mission Led Comprehensive Program Plan and Strategic Master Plan. Also, oversee, schedule and manage assigned Aquatics facilities and scheduling of MPT programs, Tacoma Public School activities and private rental groups.
In the performance of their respective tasks and duties all employees are expected to demonstrate the following:
Perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision.
Interact professionally with other employees, customers, and suppliers.
Work effectively as a team contributor on all assignments.
Work independently, while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with other employees and organizations.
Adhere to and uphold customer service standards, according to Metro Parks Tacoma practices.
Adhere to all Metro Parks Tacoma policies and procedures.
Implement Program responsibilities within the Strategic Master Plan and Mission Led Comprehensive Plan; establish and report on the program(s) work plan, benchmarks and performance measurement objectives.
Ensures safety procedures and guidelines are followed and that all assigned programs/facilities are in compliance with MPT Aquatic Standards, State and local Health Codes all relevant regulations and other applicable standards.
Under the direction of the Aquatic Supervisor, expands Aquatic programs within the community, according to the Work Plans and business plans.
Provide a culture which encourages employee development and practices effective leadership. Recruit, supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff, facilitate and coordinate staff training.
Organizes and conducts orientation meetings, and training and meetings for assigned staff.
Assists in the marketing and distribution of Aquatic program information; may organize and schedule program registrations.
Secure external locations for programming and submit required paperwork to facilitate assigned programs.
Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with community organizations.
Develop relationships and work with external partners to enhance program delivery and maximization of resources.
Responds to all member and community inquiries and complaints in a timley manner and according to Metro Parks customer service standards, policy and procedures.
Adhere to the biennial budget for assigned programs; understands how to stay within assigned budget; monitor expenditures in accordance with established limitations. Provide data and program insight to assist supervisor with creation of biennial budget.
Communicate with other administrators, District personnel and outside organizations to coordinate activities and programs, resolve issues and conflicts and exchange information.
Collaborates with Tacoma Public Schools for in school and after school programming.
Works with Fund Development and the Aquatics Supervisor to provide information necessary to promote assigned programs, in accordance with the marketing plan.
Working with the Aquatic Supervisor, Assist with preparation and delivery of oral presentations related to assigned programs, activities and operations to the general public and special interest groups.
Ensure high level of service with programming, through innovative program development, evaluations and on-going training of assigned staff.
Perform emergency first aid and CPR as needed and according to established guidelines.
Perform related duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in recreation program administration or related field and two (2) years increasingly responsible Aquatic experience or seven years of Aquatic related administration, with increasing responsibility.
Must have experience working with diverse populations (language, race, culture, physical ability, sexual orientations, etc.)
Ability to respond to life safety and emergency situations.
Current BLS/CPR, First Aid, Lifeguard Instructor and Swim Lesson Trainer certifications.
Valid driver's license with acceptable driving record required.
About Metro Parks Tacoma
Metro Parks Tacoma was created in 1907 as a municipal corporation to manage park, recreation and zoological services and facilities for the citizens of Tacoma, Dash Point and Browns Point, Washington. Governed by an elected five-member board of park commissioners, Metro Parks Tacoma maintains and cares for more than 100 parks and open spaces in the Tacoma area including Point Defiance Park with its Zoo and Aquarium, Boathouse Marina, and Fort Nisqually; Northwest Trek Wildlife Park near Eatonville, WA; W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory; Meadow Park Golf Course; and Ruston Way waterfront parks including Les Davis Pier.Metro Parks Tacoma includes approximately 247 full-time employees and 600-800 part-time/seasonal employees. Career full-time employees are eligible for medical, dental, vision, life and state retirement benefits and paid vacation, holiday and sick leave.